Everton and Leicester to battle for international midfielder in January - report

Galatasaray

According to reports in Turkey, Everton and Leicester have both eyed up a move to sign Galatasaray midfielder Selcuk Inan in January.

Turkish side Galatasaray will face Arsenal in this season's Champions League group stage, along with Anderlecht and Borussia Dortmund as new manager Cesare Prandelli looks to take the Turkish outfit through to the knockout stages of the tournament. The Italian boss completed a double raid on Napoli before the transfer deadline, snapping up Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemaili and Macedonian forward Goran Pandev - but the arrival of Dzemaili could be good news for two Premier League sides.

Dzemaili is likely to partner Felipe Melo in the Galatasary midfield, which means Turkish international Selcuk Inan could be pushed out of the exit door in January - particularly after Turkish press slammed his recent performances, leading the 29-year-old to consider his options.

Inan is currently Galatasaray's captain but speculation continues to mount over a January loan move. The former Trabzonspor man has been a consistent part of the Galatasaray side in recent years, making 129 appearances, racking up 29 goals and 38 assists in the process.

With 35 Turkey caps to his name too, Inan is an experienced head who is renowned for his passing range, long shots and vision. Those attributes are likely to attract interest in the January transfer window if he does leave Galatasaray, and Turkish media speculate that Everton and Leicester City both want to bring him to English football.

Everton may have snapped up Gareth Barry and Muhamed Besic this summer, but manager Roberto Martinez also wanted to sign Manchester United's Tom Cleverley on deadline day - suggesting that the Spaniard is still interested in signing another midfielder, especially with Manchester United reportedly interested in signing James McCarthy.

Meanwhile, Leicester brought Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso to the club but with Andy King, Matty James, Dean Hammond and Daniel Drinkwater also vying for places in Nigel Pearson's side, Inan may not even really be needed - which could push him towards Goodison Park in the New Year.

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch